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  • NSIEAB 11:53 AM on 04/04/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Compass Rose visit to Brazil – first day 

    On the first day of the Compass Rose Society visit to Brazil, members went to Araras, a district of Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro State. There, they visited the Anglican School, St. Michael and All Angels’ Mission and other projects coordinated by Anglican Social Action Rio de Janeiro.

    After that, the group visited areas that were affected by floods and mudslides. Many of the visitors, who represented sister churches of the Anglican Communion, witnessed a bit of the devastation that took place in the mountainous Rio de Janeiro countryside.

    More news stories about the Compass Rose Society visit to Brazil can be read on http://compassrose.ieab.org.br.

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    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

     
  • NSIEAB 6:05 PM on 03/11/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    IEAB in solidarity with the Japanese People 

    São Paulo, march 11th de 2011.

    To the bishops, clergy and people of the Church in Japan (Nippon Sei Ko Kai),

    Greetings in Christ Jesus!

    “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 124, 8

    On behalf of the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, I would like to stand in solidarity and prayer with the Japanese people in this time of calamity due to an earthquake which brought destruction and death.

    We have followed news stories coming from Japan with anxiety and despair. Our Church offers prayers for you that you may recover quickly from this catastrophe. The pain which you all feel is, on a different level, also felt by us.

    Our faith communities, especially this Sunday, will offer prayers for all people affected by this catastrophe in Japan.

    God have mercy on us and save us from every evil!

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    The Rev. Arthur Cavalcante

    Provincial Secretary of IEAB

     
  • NSIEAB 8:32 PM on 01/26/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Strong storms continue to cause damage and disasters in parts of Brazil 

    Southeastern Brazil is slowly recovering from the worst catastrophe in its history, which hit especially hard cities located in Rio de Janeiro State’s central mountains. The Diocese of Rio de Janeiro reports that more than 20,000 people have been displaced, and the death toll has risen to more than 800 people.  More than 500 people are still missing.

    Unusually strong rainstorms are now hitting Southern Brazil, especially in the State of Santa Catarina. There, more than 20,000 people have temporarily moved from their houses due to flooding.  To date, 5 people have died,  and 162 people have been wounded.

    Since the beginning of this crisis, messages of support have been sent by several Bishops and Archbishops throughout the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop of Canterbury was one of the first to contact IEAB’s Primate, The Most Rev. Maurício Andrade, and the Bishop of Rio de Janeiro, The Rt. Rev. Filadelfo Oliveira. On Jan 14th, Ms. Sally Keeble, the director of the Anglican Alliance,  reached IEAB’s offices and offered necessary help in dealing with the then-rising crisis.  A few days later, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, opened a much needed account for online donations, which can be accessed here.

    Other messages of support came in the following days. The Most Reverend Roger Herft, Archbishop of Perth, in Western Australia, contacted Bishop Maurício to assure him that Brazilians were in his prayers. He noted that Australia, too, is facing similar disasters, “with floods affecting our eastern seaboard and recent severe bushfires affecting Western Australia.” The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, also sent a message of support on Jan 20th. She offered prayers for the victims affected and for their safe resettlement, and reminded us of the need to have “reverence for this fragile earth, our island home.” Bishop Filadelfo, of Rio de Janeiro, confirmed that, upon request, Episcopal Relief and Development is donating US$ 5,000.00 to help with relief efforts in Rio de Janeiro.

    The Rev. Olav Fyske Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, also expressed his body’s concern about such natural disaster. The WCC offered “encouragement to the local and national authorities who are working along with Brazilian churches and international organizations such as the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance in their efforts to alleviate the suffering of the people, bring support to the most vulnerable and rebuild this part of the country.”

    IEAB thanks all who have been praying and giving to help those who are in need. There is still much work to be done, and despite Brazil’s current economic growth, social inequalities are still abundant in this country. If you still wish to help financially, there are several ways to do so. Other than the Diocese of Atlanta’s account, it is possible to make direct deposits to the following accounts:

    A Brazilian account set up by the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and ready to receive deposits (including wire transfers from abroad):

    Banco Bradesco
    Agency: 3176-3
    Account: 433594-5

    IEAB’s International account.

    Citibank, NY
153
    East 53rd Street/ 16th Floor
    New York, NY 100432
    Holder: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
    Account: 10213501
    Swift Code: CITIUS33

    If you send through any of these, please send a message to sec.geral@ieab.org.br and darj@ieab.org.br so your donation can be acknowledged. Also, if you want to help with relief efforts in Southern Brazil, please send such funds to IEAB’s International (Citibank) account and contact us through the aforementioned e-mails. We will make sure the funds are sent to the dioceses affected.

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    The Rev. Canon Francisco de Assis da Silva

    Bishop-Elect of Southwestern Brazil

     
  • NSIEAB 9:52 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Relief efforts continue in Rio de Janeiro State 

    The death toll in Rio de Janeiro State continues to rise, after deadly rainstorms, never before seen in the region, which brought devastating destruction to Região Serrana, the Central Mountainous region of the State.

    This area was originally occupied by large plantations, which in the 19th Century gave place to Swiss and German immigration. With the development of Brazil’s road system, its proximity to the city of Rio de Janeiro turned the region into a main hub for state tourism. Rio inhabitants would vacation or retire in the semi-rural and rural areas of the region, where they could enjoy mild summers and chilly-to-cold winters, surrounded by natural parks and untouched forests. Cities remained small, but tourism undoubtedly attracted internal migration and urban growth.

    However, after unusually heavy storms hit this bucolic region, which according to Rio de Janeiro’s Environment State Institute, only occur every 350 years, entire neighborhoods were covered by water and mud, which killed more than 700 people and left at least 13,000 displaced. Streams turned into raging rivers, slopes collapsed and the topography of many mountains changed dramatically. The rich and the poor were both affected, as mansions and simple houses irregularly built on slopes were instantly covered in water and mud. The most affected municipalities were Nova Friburgo, Teresópolis, Petrópolis and São José do Vale do Rio Preto.

    With blocked roads and limited electricity and telephone services, the tasks of rescuing victims, burying the dead and providing shelter to those who lost everything, has become increasingly difficult. According to the Rev. Ivaldo Correia, former vicar of Calvary Church in Nova Friburgo, and the current diocesan treasurer of Rio de Janeiro, local parishioners have lost their houses and are being sheltered by the church. In Petrópolis, it is reported that employees and relatives of the IEAB’s Anglican School and parish in the Araras district, were affected by the storms which hit the neighboring Cuiabá Valley hard.

    IEAB and the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro thank all who have been supporting relief efforts in Rio. Bishop Filadelfo Oliveira reported that on the 16th, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, contacted him to assure all people in Rio of his prayers and support. The Anglican Communion News Service has been covering the disaster since the beginning and forwarding IEAB’s appeals. Thus, more and more friends in Christ have been finding ways of reaching the Diocese of Rio and expressing their support.

    The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, with which Rio de Janeiro has a companionship process, has sent a plea to all North Georgia Episcopalians, asking them to “receive offerings in support of the Brazilian relief efforts on Sunday, Jan. 23, and/or Sunday, Jan.30.” It’s Department of Finance has also provided an easy way for people to give donations online. It can be accessed here.

    A Brazilian account was also set up by the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and is ready to receive deposits (including wire transfers from abroad):

    Banco Bradesco
    Agency: 3176-3
    Account: 433594-5

    Alternatively, donations can also be sent to IEAB’s International account.

    Citibank, NY
153
    East 53rd Street/ 16th Floor
    New York, NY 100432
    Holder: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
    Account: 10213501
    Swift Code: CITIUS33

    In case you send through any of those, please send a message to sec.geral@ieab.org.br and darj@ieab.org.br so your donation can be acknowledged.

    Funds transferred for relief efforts will be used entirely to help victims rebuild their lives. The IEAB is working with its partner relief agents to ensure that those donations will be sent to those in need. Some of the affected people worked in farming, and have lost even their source of income. It is not known if it will be possible for them to go back to areas which were formerly thought to be safe. Those affected by the flooding all need clothing, food and basic hygiene suppliesl. Rio de Janeiro’s diocesan offices have been receiving those kinds of donations as well.

    Family pets and livestock have also been displaced and separated from their families. Because of the health hazards posed by such a sudden increase in homeless animals, and because of our call to be good stewards of all creation, the Anglican Network for the Care of Creation, headed by the Rev. Josi Saldanha, is working with local partners to help farmers relocate their cattle, chickens, and other farm animals, and thus offer some hope of re-establishing their livelihood as farmers. It is also receiving donations to help rescue and reunite pets with their families, or, when that is not possible, find new homes for them.

    Rio de Janeiro Anglicans ask their brothers and sisters abroad to pray especially for the repose of the souls of the hundreds of people who lost their lives in the recent floods, for their relatives, for people left homeless living in shelters, for relief efforts in Rio de Janeiro, for government officials as they discern how to deal with reconstruction, and for the church communities in the area, especially Calvary, St. Michael and All Angels and the Anglican School of Araras. The IEAB also asks for prayers for other victims of similar catastrophes in Australia, Sri Lanka and the Phillipines. Pray that we may have wisdom in learning how to respect, care for and protect this planet, and that we will find ways to prevent such tragic loss from happening in future catastophes.

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    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

     
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